Roberto Soldado is hoping Fernando Torres will earn a recall to the Spain squad in time for Euro 2012.
The Valencia forward has been one of the beneficiaries of the Chelsea striker's dismal form this season, having been included in the 24-strong panel for Wednesday's friendly with Venezuela alongside Iker Muniain, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo.
However, while the twice-capped Soldado is thrilled by his own recall to the Spanish set-up, he cannot help but feel sorry for Torres, a player he has the utmost respect for and one that he feels Spain will need in Poland and Ukraine.
"We know how important Fernando Torres is for the national team," the 26-year-old striker is quoted as saying by Marca. "We hope that he is there for Euro 2012."
Soldado's primary focus is ensuring that he makes the travelling party and, in light of his performances for los Che this season, he is confident he can do just that.
"I really wanted to get into the national team squad but I knew how hard it would be," he explained. "But I'm finally here now.
"The best way to judge a striker is by their goalscoring record. That will show whether you deserve to be here or not.
"I have scored a significant number of goals and I look forward to continuing in the national team.
"But the competition is fierce and the next three months will define if I play in Euro 2012. If I get a chance, I hope to take advantage of it."
Soldado has netted 12 times for Valencia in the Primera Division so far this season.
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